Gudi Padwa, or Shukla Paksha Pratipada, in the Hindu calendar known as the Vikram Samvat 2080 Panchang marks the beginning of the new year. However, the first day of the Gujarati calendar is the first day of the Kartik month (Shukla Paksha Pratipada). The solar year is the basis for the Gujarati Vikram Samvat calendar, although the year is divided into 12 lunar months of 29 days each.
It is also known as a Lunisolar calendar because an extra month, Adhik Mahino or Purushottam maas, is inserted at regular intervals to align the lunar months with the solar year. The seasons of the Gujarati Hindu Vikram Samvat 2080 Panchang are based on the sun, the months on the moon, and the days on both. The length of a lunar day, known as a Tithi, can vary.
Many religions and cultures on the Indian subcontinent follow the Vikram Samvat calendar, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. It follows the cycles of the moon and sun to determine its years and months.
The origin of the Vikram Samvat calendar can be traced back to 57 BC in India. The Vikram Samvat calendar/Panchang 2080 is based on an Indian calendar cycle and begins fifty years before the Gregorian calendar. The Vikram Samvat Calendar 2080 is used in traditional Gujarati calendars. As a result, the Gujarati people celebrate their New Year the day after Diwali rather than on Chaitra Sukhladi. Thus, unlike many other Indian states, the Vikram Samvat 2080 recognizes Kartik as the first month of the Gujarati calendar.
Bestu Varas or Nutan Varsh is the advent of the New Year in the state of Gujarat. Gujarati New Year begins on Kartik Sud 1, the day after Diwali. This calendar and its associated year are also known as the Hindu Vikram Calendar and the Vikram Year, respectively. On the same day that the Bestu Varas begins (November 14, 2023) the Hindu Vikram Year 2080 will also begin.
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Tales of the Gujarati New Year
The people of Gokul are supposed to have been convinced that their genuine ‘Dharma’ as farmers and shepherds lay in the act of cultivating the land and caring for the animals when Lord Krishna observed the preparations for the annual offerings and prayers made to Lord Indra.
They were following Krishna’s instructions and worshiping Govardhan Hill and the animals there. Because of this, the God of Rain, Indra, became angered, and the people of Gokul had to face his wrath. The village of Gokul was flooded by Lord Indra for seven days and nights. By raising Mount Govardhan with the tip of his little finger, Lord Krishna ensured the protection of the populace, their crops, and their livestock. Lord Indra later understood his blunder and apologised to Lord Krishna.
Since then, this day has been established as the New Year celebration for the Gujarati people and a day of reverence for the Govardhan Hills. To celebrate the arrival of ‘Gujarati Navu Varsh’ and to say goodbye to the old year, people all over the world participate in the rituals and traditions of Govardhan Puja.
Gujarati New Year Customs
- During the Diwali Puja, a fresh Chopda is uncorked in honor of Goddess Lakshmi. The Hindu name for this ceremony is “Chopda Pujan.” During this ritual, the letters ‘Shubh’ and ‘Labh,’ which mean ‘auspicious’ and ‘benefit,’ are written in the margins of account books. At the beginning of the book, a Swastika is created to ensure financial success in the future year.
- For Gujarati businesses, now is a pivotal moment. Accounting records are honored in the presence of Lakshmi and Saraswati.
- During this holiday season, Gujratis clean and decorate their homes.
- In order to have a good start to the new year, many people get up early and visit temples. After that, they prepare to celebrate with their loved ones by setting off firecrackers and snacking on sweet treats.
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Celebration of the New Year in Gujarat
During Gujarati New Year celebrations, revelers adorn new threads, pay respects at sacred sites, and greet one another. Time to put the past in the past, get any confusion out of the way, and start over with a positive attitude.
As part of the festivities, people let off fireworks, decorate their homes with lights, and make colorful Rangoli designs to spread joy and good cheer. Whether in one’s personal or professional life, the Gujarati New Year marks the start of exciting new beginnings.
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